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Pattern Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 29389

Summary:
Australia
Pattern Shilling 1918 M
Mint: Melbourne
Other Details: 50% silver pattern from defaced dies

Previous Collections: Reported in sale catalogue as retained by the Federal Treasurer from 1919
Description:
A pattern silver coin (23.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M. The reverse features the Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrent 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, ONE SHILLING and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1918. Below the date is the mint mark M. Two large dots have been added to the standard design on either side of the arrows which point to the date.
Statement Of Significance:
At the end of World War I the price of silver rose and the Commonwealth considered dropping the silver content of its coinage from .925 to .500. This piece was an experiment for the proposed new alloy. The change was not proceeded with.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.670 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: debasement silver, pattern coins, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, HRH King George V (1865-1936), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: pattern strikes
Series: Pre-Decimal
DateEra: 1918 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
Obverse Description: Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.
Reverse Description: At centre, simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath and on a ribbon at the base the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed; around above, ONE SHILLING; below, between arrow heads, the date, 1918. Below the date is the mint mark M. Two large dots have been added to the standard design on either side of the arrows which point to the date.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP:
Reverse: ONE SHILLING 1918 M ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King George V, Australia
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch

Reported in sale catalogue as retained by the Federal Treasurer from 1919.
References: KM#26
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Greg McDonald, Australian Coin and Banknote Market Guide, 1987
  2. [Article] Sharples, John. 1985. Australian Coins 1919 to 1924. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July): 4-18.

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